Year 1 Blog
Welcome to the blog for our Year 1 classes. The year group blogs are a great communication tool. Teachers will be posting news, photographs, details of homework, examples of work, and anything they wish to share with their pupils and parents. Please speak to your class teacher if you have any question, feedback or concerns.
Green Class Teacher
Mrs De Vynck
Purple Class Teacher
In Science, in Green Class, the children have sorted materials and objects by their properties. They found ways to explain how they know that, for instance, something is soft or rough, etc. During the plenary, the children were asked if there was anything else they were interested in finding out about materials. One child suggested that it would be good to find out all about sponge, which seemed like an excellent idea. It raises questions like “what is a sponge” – is it a material or an object? – Also, when should we use the adjective “sponge” and not another one, like soft? To help us explore the topic, it would be very useful to have as many different examples of sponges as possible in class. If you have any sponges at home which are not needed please could your child bring one in – the more unusual, the better. Thank you very much.
The week has got off to a good start, with a visitor in Green Class, which the children always enjoy. Mrs Willingham came into school to talk about belonging to Christianity. She shared some of the things which are important for Christians, like the Bible, which is important to Judaism and Islam, too. Thank you for coming in and enriching the children’s learning. The children listened very well and asked relevant questions.
In Maths we are learning about halving. With the 2014 curriculum, the approach is one of “mastery” , so children calculate and manipulate numbers, showing fluency and reasoning. “The answer is just the beginning” is one of its main tenents. For instance, today the children were answering questions like “What would you rather have – half of 14 gel pens, or double that number. Why?” and “There are 4 cars in the car park now, which is half what there was yesterday. How many cars were there yesterday?” This is where manipulatives are key – the children can see the problem and use the objects to work out the missing group, or answer.
We are focusing on “Little Red Riding Hood” as part of our “Traditional Tales” topic. The children will be describing the story’s setting, using good adjectives to describe what can be seen, heard and felt in the woods. We are collecting phrases like “the deep dark” wood as preparation for this.
Year 1 were detectives this afternoon – History detectives. Thanks to the fantastic organisation and support of our lovely Year 1 parents, we had lots of fascinating artefacts – mostly from the Victorian period – to explore. The children knew nothing about the objects under the cloths on the table (other than that they were precious and to be only touched carefully). They were to discuss what material (links with Science) it was made of, was shape it was, what colour it was, what it might have been used for, and which which room it would have been found in. Suggestions in Green Class for the hot water bottle included a container for milk or water, or even that it was a type of night-time potty. The children were surprised at the long white apron and that women would wear one all day. We had lots of irons and one very perceptive comment was that women who ironed must have been very strong. The children loved trying on the clothes – a particular thank you to Mrs Witton for the lovely boy’s top hat. I was very impressed by how many children told me that, when their shoes or socks get holes in them, that they are mended. But I suggested that “in the old days” more things were mended than nowadays. I had to tell them that the “mushroom darner” was a special holder for socks when they were being patched up. One girl suggested that the metal shoe-shaped object was a last, but that was also used to mending – shoes, this time. The children are improving at distinguishing between metal, glass and china; and today’s session gave them an opportunity to practise these identification skills. We even had different types of candlesticks – tin ones with a handle for carrying/hanging it up; and more expensive brass ones which would have stayed in a lounge or dining room.
Tomorrow we will write about the objects.
We are also learning about what is means to belong – to a religion, club, organisation, or family. We enjoyed seeing Amy and Charlie in their Beavers and chess outfits; and thought about what it is that we like about belonging to something.
In Maths we are learning about halves of groups – explaining how we know that, eg, 6 is half of 12; and applying the knowledge to word problems. This practical application aspect of Maths is crucial in the curriculum.
Thank you for your support with the historical artefacts, which really enriched the children’s learning and made learning about the past memorable.
This week has been very busy already! We have had some great work completed in Maths, learning about halves-we have used cubes and dienes and have thought carefully about how to find half. All of the children have tried their best and shown a great attitude to learning! In Science we have been continuing Materials with what a Material actually is and also considering their properties-were they hard, soft, stiff, bendy or shiny? William S said “It is hard and shiny” when considering a ruler and Ava mentioned that “It is bendy” when feeling a Wellington boot.
Our simple test of watching bulbs growth is going well. The children have recorded some fantastic observational drawings of the growth process in our Science Book-our hyacinth bulb now has some beautiful purple flowers! Vivienne has drawn roots and a stem. Later in the week we will be learning about the Past and we are starting our ‘Once Upon a Time’ topic this term and are reading and are looking at Traditional Tales-Purple Class will be reading various stories and will be basing a lot of our work around the books. Purple Class have also been enjoying weekly Music sessions with Mr Bainbridge and have been learning rhythm and beat holding skills in drumming. Have a lovely week.
In Maths this we are finding doubles and halves of objects and groups. They can choose the manipulatives to show what they are learning, and to prove that the answer they have is the correct one.
Many thanks for all the old household artefacts you have generously sent into school, which we will use on Thursday when we explore how the past was different.
The children made a good start to large apparatus in PE today, when they also had to work in small teams and set the equipment out. They will be practising jumps and balances and building up simple sequences.
This afternoon, the children investigated to find out if ” an object and material are the same thing.” We discussed how to tell china and glass apart; and started to use properties such as hard soft, rough, smooth to describe materials and objects.
Home learning books will be sent home this week.
Happy New Year and welcome back to school! Green Class has started our new topics this half-term with characteristic interest and enthusiasm. We are using the book “Peepo” and “Magic Grandad” films to see how life at home was different in the past. Thank you very much for the household artefacts which have been lent and which we will use next week. There was stunned silence in Green Class today when the Victorian child told us that, in Victorian times, children were not allowed to sit down during meals, and the amount of work an time which was involved in washing, drying and ironing the family’s clothes. The children did a “Materials Workshop” today. They had to feel objects inside boxes, which they could not see; and describe how the contents felt – the objects’ properties. Lots of interesting words were used – eg smooth, rough, bumpy, slippery – and we’ll be continuing to use these words over the next few weeks. The children have continued to find and discuss doubles of numbers using Cuisinaire and unit cubes. Today they showed me how, for instance, double 2 was not 5, but 4; and that double 7 was not 15, but 14. Some children solved the problem – “There are 2 birds on my bird feeder on Friday. Every day the number of birds doubles. How many will there be on Monday?”
We started the week by thinking about which New Year resolutions we could make. We had lots of ideas, from getting better at cycling, to being kinder to siblings, to staying on the green face all the time.
Mr Bainbridge has started the new year by introducing the children to the djembe drums. The school is fortunate to have enough drums for each child in a class to have one. Green Class showed excellent pulse and rhythm understanding and group performance.
Next week in RE the children will be talking about what it is like to belong to an organisation. If they would like to bring in things to do with the organisation they belong to – eg Rainbows, a church or religion, a sports club – then please could they do so on Monday then they can show them to the class then. Thank you.
It was very exciting at school day, because Father Christmas managed to find time in his busy schedule to come into school. He said that he’d heard all the children had been working very hard and deserved a present. Everyone has put their presents in their book bags and will open them when their adults say it’s OK.
Before that, everyone had a lovely Christmas dinner together. Everyone looked wonderful and festive in their Christmassy clothes.
Here are some photos to show you.
Just a reminder that children can wear something “festive” for school tomorrow i.e. a Christmas jumper, Christmas hat/headband or clothes in festive colours (red,green, gold, silver). School uniform does not have to be worn. Thank you.
Well done to Green Class for singing and doing actions, at the same time, in the Christmas play. The children practised their floppy, puppet-like movements lots in the run-up to the play and we watched Dick van Dyck being a puppet in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” for inspiration. They also learnt the words to the songs very well and sang very well.
This week we have started to use “Cuisinere”, a set of Mathematical manipulatives for understanding Number and calculation. Using concrete, pictorial resources like this is a key feature of the Maths curriculum. The children loved using it today, to find out doubles of numbers. They all said how seeing the quantities helped them understand that a double is two of something, or two equal amounts added together.
The children have also written their own versions of the Christmas Story, which we will put together into books.
Thank you for returning library books.